Message from the President (August 22, 2016)

Dear LSU Faculty and Staff,

Welcome to the fall semester! We start this academic year with a sense of determination -- we know that many of our students, faculty, and staff members suffered incredible damage from the flood, and we are committed to helping our friends and family get back on their feet after such devastation. I encourage you to be as supportive as possible and provide flexibility where possible.  The road to recovery is a long one, but we will make it through by working together.

We also have to be creative and generous in finding ways to help our colleagues, and we ask for your ideas and observations so that we might better meet their needs. Already, we have been begun to list resources for those affected and ways in which people can help. Last week, Auxiliary Services offered free laundry service. This week, LSU Dining/Chartwells is offering all affected employees and their immediate families complimentary supper in the LSU Student Union’s Magnolia Room (4-6:30 p.m.), and they are seeking volunteers to help serve.

Check www.lsu.edu/floodrelief frequently, as more resources will be made available in the coming days. 

As LSU faculty and staff, we fully understand that the citizens of Louisiana and this region look to LSU to help provide the short- and long-term solutions necessary to avoid future disasters and to improve the economic and societal well-being of all.  We take these challenges seriously and use our research and teaching as tools of innovation to solve our state’s greatest needs. While we have hurdles to overcome, we will also achieve great things this year. I look forward to celebrating your exceptional research, scholarship, and service-oriented awards, discoveries and achievements.

We’re ready for a great semester, and we couldn’t do it without all of you. Thank you for making LSU the wonderful place it is to work, live, and study.

Sincerely,

F. King Alexander
LSU President